Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA1421 Douglas A-4E Skyhawk "Top Gun" No.55, BuNo 151095 Lt. Mitchell "Mick"

In an effort to improve the poor performance of USN aircrews in Vietnam the USN Fighter Weapons School was established in 1969 at NAS Miramar, California. The first aircraft used by the school to teach the F-4 pilots better tactics were the A-4 Skyhawk and the F- 5 Freedom Fighters. A-4E Bu.No. 151095 s/n 55 c/n 13265 was flown by Lt. “Mick” Michell (not Mitchell) at the Top Gun School and this same aircraft was used as “Jester’ s” (Michael Ironside) aircraft in the 1986 movie “Top Gun” with Tom Cruise. This aircraft was also on loan to Japan for static display and is painted as “8” of the USN “Blue Angels” even though the BA’s never flew the E variant of the A-4.

A-4E Skyhawk Specifications
1 x Pratt & Whitney J52-P-6A turbojet, 8500 lb. Thrust
Max speed 673 mph at sea level with a clean aircraft 636 mph at sea level with a Mk. 28 nuclear weapon Cruising speed 498 mph Stall speed 139 mph Combat ceiling (clean aircraft) 40,500 feet Runway to 20,000 ft – 4 minutes
Flight distances
230 miles with a Mk. 28 weapon 680 miles with 2 300-gallon drop tanks
Ferry range 2130 miles
Wingspan 27 ft 6 in Length 41ft 4 in Height 15 ft Wing area 260 sq ft
9,624 lb. Empty 18,300 lbs. Gross 22,950 lbs. Maximum
Armament 2 x 20 mm cannon with 200 rounds/gun Maximum weapons load 8,200 lbs. carried on 5 pylons - 2 pylons under each wing and 1 center-line pylon